ON Sunday 10 June, 23 local artists from communities along the Lower Thames Estuary – Barking and Dagenham, Dartford, Gravesend, Thurrock and Southend – joined thousands of women celebrating 100 years of women in the UK having the vote.
The artists had worked with Kinetika, the renowned outdoor arts organisation based in Purfleet to create silk banners bearing images of inspirational women past, present and future from each place.
Kinetika’s Creative Director Ali Pretty said: ‘It was an amazingly powerful experience to be amongst so many women’s organisations from across the nation. It demonstrates the potential we have when a creative call out mobilises us to come together, let’s channel the energy that women have to empower local communities to play a vital role in transforming our country at such a crucial moment in global history.’
Kinetika’s next project is the T100 Recipes walking festival, July 7-22. Volunteers are needed to help on the walks and also in the preparation, creating screen-printed tablecloths to be taken along the way, and working with visiting theatre company from Chile, Teatro Container, to help plan and cook a community feast for 200 people on 21 July. A free workshop in screen printing will run on Wednesday 20 June from 10am until 6pm at the Kinetika studio in Purfleet. Open to all adults, no experience is necessary.
To find out how to get involved as a volunteer on the walks or at the screen printing workshop, or the community feast please go to http://thurrock100.com/free-creative-workshops-how-to-get-involved-with-thurrock-100-recipes/ and contact Jo@kinetika.co.uk